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2019 Summer Leafcutter Bees - 100 ct

$36.95

Availability: In stock

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Gentle summer leafcutter bees are perfect garden companions. A generalist bee who will happily pollinate your summer blooming fruits and vegetables like melons, tomatoes, peppers, squash, and peas - just about any flower. 100+ cocoons per order.

For US customers only.



$36.95

SUMMER Leafcutter Bees available May—August

  • • Summer bees require temperatures of 75°F (24°C) or warmer AND sufficient sources of pollen/nectar for best performance.
  • • We incubate your summer bees so they arrive ready for immediate placement outdoors.
  • • If you are seeking pollination for your flowering summer vegetables, consider when these plants will flower. A seedling planted in April or May may not produce flowers until June or July.
  • • Current agricultural restrictions prohibit the shipment of leafcutter bees to the state of HI, and other countries outside of the continental United States.

KEEP BEES SAFE

  • • A hot mail box can be harmful to developing or emerging bees. If you are not home during the day to retrieve your bees, consider having them shipped to your workplace.
  • • Select the Monday when you would like your bees shipped, allowing 1-5 days for delivery. When the bees ship, you will receive a USPS tracking number by email.

DISCLAIMER

  • • We care about your success and do our best to provide healthy bees. While most customers successfully raise gentle bees, it is important to understand that bees are wild insects and may not nest in your yard, may be eaten by birds, and may not emerge from their cocoons. We cannot guarantee survival, pollination of crops, or reproduction of bees.
  • • These bees are gentle, typically non-aggressive and rarely sting, While there have been no known reported cases of anaphylactic shock in association with these bees, the use and handling of solitary bees may result in allergic reaction for some users.
  • • Please consider signing up for BeeMail, our monthly newsletter, designed to provide tips and reminders to help ensure success.

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2019 Summer Leafcutter Bees

  • 100+ incubated summer leafcutter bee cocoons. We've incubated the bees for you and ship them for immediate placement outdoors.
  • Summer generalist that pollinates most flowers. Great for squash, tomatoes, peppers, melons, peas, and many other fruits and vegetables.
  • Fly best when temperatures are in the upper 70F (21C) to 100F (38C)+ temperatures, making them a perfect summer bee for many regions.
  • A solitary bee that is gentle and rarely stings. Family and pet safe.
  • Great garden pollinator that is also used commercially throughout Canada and the US.
  • Uses non-fibrous leaves such as rose, lilac, pea, or hosta to protect her eggs.
  • Price includes free shipping for bee cocoons.

Summer leafcutter bees ship May through August. You select the ship date.

Optional Leafcutter InvitaBee! Leafcutter bees tend to naturally disperse. Crown Bees has developed a pheromone that has shown to attract more leafcutter bees to nest. For your success, we strongly encourage you apply this attractant.

Sufficiently warm outdoor temps are important for success! First, these bees need daytime temps in the 70's or warmer. Secondly, what are you trying to pollinate? Leafcutter bees are generalists and will pollinate a variety of flowers. If you are seeking to pollinate flowering summer vegetables in your garden, consider when these plants will actually flower. A seedling planted in May may not produce flowers until the end of June.

Please note: Leafcutter bees overwinter as larvae and require a period of warm weather to develop into fully formed adult bees. We incubate the larvae (a process that takes about 3 weeks) and ship them to you ready for placement in your bee house. If you select a ship date less than 3 weeks from your date of order, we will do our best to meet your requested ship date. Shipping of leafcutter bees will be on a first come - first served basis with priority being given to those who have pre-ordered their bees.

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Instructions

We have incubated the summer Leafcutter Bees that we are shipping for you.  They will be ready to be placed directly into your bee house upon receipt.  

Instructions for Placement of Incubated Leafcutter Cocoons:

  • Upon arrival, refrigerate your bag of cocoons briefly for 15-30 minutes to quiet and still any bees that may have emerged in transit.
  • Remove the bag from the refrigerator. Standing in front of your bee house, open the mesh LeafGuardian bag and place the open bag on top of, or behind your nesting holes, with open end of bag facing out or up and shaded from direct sunlight. If your bee house has an attic area, the open bag of cocoons can be placed in the attic space. Do not subject the cocoons to direct sunlight as that may weaken or kill your bees. As bees warm and development completes, they will emerge from their cocoons to fly, forage and frolic.
  • Small, perfectly round holes in non-fibrous leaves such as rose, lilac, bougainvillea or hosta are a sign that your leafcutter bees are busy and actively nesting.
  • Nesting bees should be active for a period of about 6 weeks. If you have placed out leafcutter cocoons in late spring or early summer, it is possible that you may experience a second wave of emergence.
  • In late summer/early fall (when leafcutter bee activity has ceased) remove the nesting tubes, reeds or trays from the bee house and store them in an unheated garage or shed. 
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